France 1725-AA ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 187
This specimen was lot 187 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it sold for €440 (about US$641 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux huit L, 1725AA, Metz. D/ B. jeune, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Très rare Faiblesse de frappe au droit. Beau à Très Beau. Provient de la collection Teitgen, Paris, 26-28 octobre 2015, 931. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of eight "L's" of 1725, Metz mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young head right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies cantonned with eight lilies. Very rare, weakly struck on the obverse, Fine - Very Fine.)"
This is an écu aux 8 L of the Metz mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the type as rather scarce as most were melted in the great reform of 1726. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight écu struck during the reign of Louis XV.

Recorded mintage: 260,703, a somewhat better date[2].

Specification: 23.59 g, .917 fine silver, .695 troy oz ASW, 38-39 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers, this specimen 23,10 g.

Catalog reference: KM 472.2, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329, Dupl. 1670; Gad-320; L4L 468.

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 146: Collection Anthony Lorrain Monnaies de Metz, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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